Winnie-the-Pooh fans are in for some good news – a prequel book is set to mark the 95th birthday of the world’s favourite bear. Apparently, it will imagine the ‘before stories’ of Pooh, Eeyore and Piglet, and will offer a glimpse into a young Christopher Robin so far only seen in author AA Milne’s poetry, according to publisher Farshore.
While the first Pooh book was published in October 1926, ‘Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was A Bear’ will be out on September 30 for children above five years of age.
Writer Jane Riordan ‘perfectly captures the voice’ of Milne, said Farshore, while illustrator Mark Burgess retains the style of original artist EH Shepard. Miss Riordan said: “In the original stories, Pooh lives in a tree in the Hundred Acre Wood, but history tells us that he was bought from Harrods for Christopher Robin’s first birthday. I loved the idea of seeing Pooh, Eeyore and Piglet in London and in the nursery.”